Events > Virtual Technology & Smart Cities Trade Mission, Saudi Arabia

Technology and Smart Cities Trade Mission

Saudi Arabia

Online from Monday, 14 December 2020 to Thursday, 17 December 2020

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The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to join the virtual Technology and Smart Cities Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia on the 14-17th December 2020. 

The mission will build on the success of DIT’s previous trade missions to Saudi Arabia. It offers a number of new market opportunities in which Saudi Arabia is encouraging the adoption of new technologies (e.g. IoT, AI, Cyber, 5G, Cloud, Data management) and advanced Smart Cities initiatives as part of its previously announced transformation plans.

With high demand for digital services, Saudi Arabia hosts the largest ICT market in the region. A number of public and private smart cities initiatives have been launched in the buildings, transport, parking, communications and environmental sectors, including by the Ministry of Municipalities. Giga-projects such as NEOM are also making progress, and an ambitious National Digital Transformation Programme is being implemented.


About the programme

 Monday 14th December

How to do business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

10:00am - Welcome and Introduction

10:05am - Ministry of Investment: Opening a branch of a foreign company

10:20am - Al-Dhabaan & PartnersLegal aspects of doing business

10:35am - Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Benefits of establishing partners

10:50am - UK Export Finance: Supporting UK businesses finance exports

11:05am - Q&A

11:30am - End of the briefing session.


Tuesday 15th December

Saudi Arabia giga-projects business opportunities:

10:00am - Welcome and Introduction

10:05am - NEOM

10:20am - Red Sea Project

10:35am - AMAALA

10:50am - Qiddiya

11:05am - Q&A

11:30am - End of Webinar


Wednesday 16th December:

Saudi Arabia Government ministries and industry stakeholders, business opportunities: 

10:00am - Welcome and Introduction

10:05am - Keynote: Minister of Communications and Information Technology

10:10am - Ministry of Communications and Information Technology: ​​​​​Overview of ICT in the Kingdom 

10:25am - Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs: Overview of Smart Cities in the Kingdom

10:40am - MachinesTalk

10:55am - ICAD

11:10am - Q&A

11:30am - End of webinar


Thursday 17th December:

Saudi Arabia Smart Cities projects & Industry stakeholders business opportunities:

10:00am - Welcome and Introduction                                      

10:05am - Jabal Omar Development Project

10:20am - The Royal Commission of Makkah                            

10:35am - The Royal Commission of Al-Ula

10:50am - Umm Al-Qura Development Project

11:05am - Al-Mabani

11:20am - Q&A

11:30am - End of webinar


Required information:

As part of the virtual trade mission, we will be organising several workshops throughout the week. Each of the Saudi stakeholders will select 10 UK companies who they will engage with to discuss their technology and how it can be implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

To have a chance of being selected by the Saudi stakeholders, we require all UK companies to complete a business profile on the great.gov website. 

You can sign up here: https://www.great.gov.uk/find-a-buyer/.

By completing a business profile, it will enable us to send directly, details of your company to the Saudi stakeholders who will be presenting during the trade mission.

This is also a service that DIT promotes in markets globally, which enables potential buyers of goods and services in other regions to find UK suppliers within specific sectors.


There is no cost to participate in the virtual trade mission. 


For further information please contact:

Ryan Jackson - Account Manager

Technology and Smart Cities, Department for International Trade

E: ryan.jackson@trade.gov.uk

T: +44 (0) 771 777 2816


Register your interest here


Terms and Conditions


  • Completing the application form is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions by both the company and their representative named in the application form.
  • This application process is only open to companies registered in the UK.
  • The Department for International Trade and their representatives bears no responsibility for non-receipt of submissions.
  • Only one application per company will be accepted.
  • Applications must be received by 2345 BST Sunday 29th November 2020. Any submissions received after this time will not be considered.

Selection process and notification

  • The decision of the selection panel is final.
  • There are two key selection criteria:
    • compatibility of a company’s product/services with the Saudi Arabian market; and
    • confirmation that the company is export ready
  • These selection criteria will be given equal weight.
  • The application forms will be reviewed by the DITs technology and smart cities sector team and relevant stakeholders within Saudi Arabia. 
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email on or before 1700 BST Friday 4th December 2020.
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